Watkins Insurance Group – Local Agency Included in IIABA's Best Practices Study

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Watkins Insurance Group is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.

Watkins Insurance Group is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.

Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The selected “Best Practices” agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year.

Last year, which marked the start of a new three-year study cycle, more than 1,100 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 217 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.

“We are very proud to be a ‘Best Practices’ agency in that it validates all of the hard work our dedicated staff performs on a daily basis." says Patrick Watkins, President of Watkins Insurance Group.

The agency was nominated by either an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.

The Best Practices Study was initiated by IIABA in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance. The annual survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

Watkins Insurance Group, established in 1949, was founded in Austin, TX and is now one of the largest and fastest-growing independent insurance agents in Texas. With seven locations throughout the state they can offer insurance products from a number of different companies including Aetna, Allied Insurance, Allstate, American First Insurance, American Hallmark, AmTrust North America, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Central Insurance Companies, Chubb, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, CNA, Columbia, Fireman’s Fund, First Comp., Germania Insurance, The Hanover Insurance Group, The Hartford, Hochheim Prairie Insurance, Humana, Insurors Indemnity Companies, Kemper, Medmarc, MetLife, Principal Financial Group, Progressive, Republic Group, Safeco Insurance, Service Lloyds Insurance Company, State Auto Insurance Companies, Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Travelers, United Fire Group, United Healthcare, Unum, The Zenith, and Zurich.

Founded in 1896, IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance – property, casualty, life and health – as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: http://www.independentagents.com.

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